Mighty Sundowns embarrass Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium

By Mihlali Baleka 22m in the past

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JOHANNESBURG – Champions Mamelodi Sundowns started their DStv Premiership title defence with a snug victory over Kaizer Chiefs, the group they pipped for the title, at a abandoned FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The new period that’s underway at Sundowns, following the departure of coach Pitso Mosimane, might take some time earlier than it absolutely blossoms and bears fruit. But as soon as that transition is finished, count on a completely fledged group that may don’t have any issues in competing on all fronts.

Sundowns’ win away in Soweto on the opening day of the DStv Premiership was respectable, regardless of warming as much as the match late after a threatening begin from the house aspect.

There had been causes to consider that Sundowns’ consequence would go south, having misplaced their first match of the season within the MTN8 quarter-finals to Bloemfontein Celtic and among the key gamers nonetheless hungover after scooping particular person accolades at the PSL annual awards on Thursday.

The Brazilians’ talisman Themba Zwane, who scored his group’s profitable objective by means of a penalty after one other Itumeleng Khune blunder, was the large winner at the digital occasion, scooping three main awards, which embrace the coveted PSL Footballer of the Season.

But it seems that the identical mentality of being at their greatest week in and week out, regardless of the skin influences, continues to be a part of Sundowns’ DNA, one thing that may appease co-coaches, who’re beneath the microscope, Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena.

The teaching duo – Mngqithi and Mokwena – specifically will probably be satisfied that the group’s philosophy is steadily shedding off to newbies, having new placing companions Peter Shalulile and Kermit Erasmus ensured the group obtained their all-important first three factors of the season.

It was a brand new dimension for Sundowns’ group, beginning with two strikers up entrance. But that awkward situation almost paid dividends mid-way by means of the primary half after Khune made a poor clearance to Shalulile.

The league’s joint prime objective scorer intercepted the ball earlier than lobbing it over the onrushing Khune. However, Ramahle Mphahlele was first hand to make a timeously clearance.

But Khune, although, wouldn’t get away along with his blunders twice.

The Bafana Bafana worldwide, late into the half, left his line throughout a corner-kick as his late punch missed the ball, permitting Shalulile to pounce dwelling, his first objective of the season, along with his shoulder into an empty internet.

But even at his redemption, Khune didn’t get the backing from his defence. After cleverly overlaying the angle to dam Zwane from close-range, Khune’s rebound fell to an unmarked Erasmus whose pile-drive sailed into the far-post, regardless of a cluster of Chiefs’ jersey behind the ball.

At the tip, it was all smiles for Mnqgithi and Mokwena, whereas counterpart Gavin Hunt was given a continuing reminder that he’s obtained an extended option to go earlier than shaping up Chiefs to a completely fledged group with the present crop of gamers.

The switch ban that hangs over Chiefs meant that they’ll have to dig deep and depend on the event graduates. But not all is misplaced for Hunt, although, who will probably be hoping to achieve the ultimate of the MTN8, by means of a two-legged semi-final in opposition to rivals Orlando Pirates.

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